The wakeup call I received this morning was pleasant:
“Hello, this is an important call from the account security group at American Express.”
According to the fraud prevention specialist I talked to, my Electronic Arts Origin.com account got owned. Someone in Russia wanted to play a little Farcry 4 on my dime, but the transaction was declined because, well, I don’t live in Russia. Further investigation revealed the account had been owned since September 2014, and was being used as some kind of game laundering hub. As far as I can figure, the idea would be to purchase a game under my account, then sell the CD key on Ebay to the highest bidder.
If I were a sneaky Russian hacker guy, that’s probably what I’d do. Take down society one game at a time. Yeah! Ok.
The hacker purchased a slew of non-DRM games, however. What was the point of that exactly?
Now that I have changed the password and enabled two-factor authentication on my account, I am now the owner of games like “Bejeweled 3”, “Crusader: No Remorse” and “Sim City 2000”. Furthermore, after reviewing the transaction history for the past four months these games didn’t cost anything. With the exception of Farcry 4 ($59.99) the purchases totaled a whopping 0.00 ruble. 1337r than the average bear? Guess so.
Anyhow, thank you, Mr./Ms./Mrs. Russian hacker person for all the free stuff. May all of your roads in life be paved with sausages.